When e.tv Sunrise featured Town and Regional Planning in heir weekly career information slot, they contacted Urban Dynamics for assistance.
An interview was scheduled with Jon Busser on 20 February 2015. The interview, by e.tv Sunrise anchor Penny Lebyane, focussed on Town Planning as a career choice.
This informative interview on the Town and Regional Planning profession is available on YouTube and can be accessed by following the link below.
At the prestigious 2014 Govan Mbeki Awards, the MEC honored exceptional accomplishments in Gauteng Province in the provision of housing. Shortlisted entries were considered under the following categories:
As early as 1997, the Gauteng Department of Housing and Local Authority at that time (Western MLC) invited development proposals for a large housing initiative situated to the West of Soweto on portions of the farms Doornkop 239 I.Q. and Zuurbult 240 I.Q. This housing project was placed on hold due to the parallel identification of a provincial small farmers resettlement programme.
In the 2003/2004 financial year, the Gauteng Department of Housing conceived an integrated urban development project and appointed a team of professionals to conduct a project feasibility study. The “Doornkop Greenfields” project as it was known at the time, was always intended to be a large scale mixed income, mixed typology and mixed tenure housing development in keeping with the latest policy shifts of the National Housing Ministry in terms of Inclusionary Housing and the Breaking New Grounds (BMG) strategies. The integrated and mixed nature of the Doornkop Greenfields project meant that its planning phases were jointly conceptualized by the City of Joburg and the Gauteng Department of Housing.
The Joburg Property Company (JPC) was identified as the entity responsible for project implementation in the short term and initiated the process of land purchase and transfer from various national and provincial government departments and private land owners. The Gauteng Department of Housing currently still represents the principle funder of the project to date; while the agreements between Province and Council listing Council as the developer of the project.
By the nature of our work, Urban Dynamics Gauteng Inc. is closely linked to labour-intensive construction initiatives and construction projects that promote the training and support of community members and emerging contractors.
We are very proud that we recently achieved the rating of a Level 3 Contributor under the Construction Section Charter – a feat very few housing practitioners have reached.
While we are excited about this achievement and acknowledge that this accolade will open many doors for construction tenders and future housing contracts, we confirm that our commitment to BBBEE is not a fixed target, but an ongoing enterprise development programme.
Urban Dynamics Gauteng Inc. will continue to proactively engage in this process to implement the Charter as a code of practice and vigorously support the implementation of ownership transformation, increased black and black female representation at management control level and broaden employment equity across the company. We will also continue to develop learning and mentoring programmes and create scholarships and broaden our existing preferential procurement policies and action plans to enhance our supplier development frameworks. Lastly, our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) is testament of the company’s commitment to financially support a wide range of socio economic development projects and charities.
Our Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment transformation journey has only started and we are eager to continue beyond legal compliance. This journey is set to positively impact on the development and participation of our staff, the communities we work with and to transform South African society into a striving growth economy.
In May 2013, Urban Dynamics embarked on a public participation process related to an application to amend the Land Use Categories and Boundaries of the RSDF approved Mixed Use Node at the PWV5/K46 (William Nicol Drive) Intersection. This application was made to facilitate the development of the Diepsloot SMME Incubator and the Riversands Commercial Park.
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More information about this exiting project can be found at the following links:
The ongoing Linksfield Mixed Use Inclusionary Project is located to the west of the N3 Highway, south of the Edenvale Hospital/ Elphin Retirement Village, east of Club Street and north of the Linksfield road and Linksfield Terrace Shopping Centre.
The project is still in its town planning phase and continues to spark debate and attract attention from surrounding communities. The township establishment application for Sunningdale Extensions 13 to 20 was originally advertised for public comment and objection on 2 April 2014,
Several public meetings were held with ward committees, ward councilors, community representatives and objectors and are ongoing.
The parallel application process for environmental authorization recently achieved an important milestone: the release and publication of the Draft EIA for public comment.
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Urban Dynamics Gauteng Inc.
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